If you’ve seen any of the game’s cinematics, you may have wondered to yourself why the characters in Assassin’s Creed Unity seem to lack a certain French touch to their accents. The game’s creative director Alex Amancio explains why the team decided to go with accents a bit north of the Channel:
“The idea is that the Animus is translating everything into the language you’re playing in. That’s why, since you’re an Anglophone, you’re hearing all the dialogue and cinematics in English,” Amancio said. “It would really make no sense for there to be a French accent because that would mean that this French character is trying to address you in accented English. Everyone in the game is not trying to speak English for your benefit.”
Amancio also explained that the British accents were chosen as a Hollywood trick. Many films and period pieces use actors with British accents because they better help to give the setting a period feel and are more reflective of the time period they are trying to convey.
Assassin’s Creed Unity releases for Xbox One, PS4, and PC on November 18th.